We know the first time competing at Interschools can be a little daunting and there is so much to know. For those that have been before there are always still common questions. We are more than happy to answer any question for you but also thought it would be helpful if we listed some of them here, along with some additional helpful information.

Does the competitor have to be a member of Equestrian Australia/State branch to compete at the Australian Championships?

Yes, every competitor at the 2018 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships needs to be a current financial COMPETITIVE member of Equestrian Australia. Membership is renewable every year through your state branch. Without a current EA Competitive Membership riders will not be allowed to compete.

Do horses have to be registered to compete in Interschool events?

When competing at the 2018 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships, horses must be registered. This is a requirement for horse identification, which will be checked when riders complete their trot up.

What do we wear to compete in?

  • Interschool competitors need to wear light coloured jodhpurs and your state team uniform. Gloves are compulsory for Dressage, preferably light coloured.
  • Approved helmets (AS/NZS 3838 (Current Australian Standard), EN 1384 (Current European Standard), ASTN F1163 (Current US Standard).
  • Riding boots smooth‐soled, low‐heeled boots (short or long, except for Show Horse). Gaiters and long boots may be worn in all disciplines except Show Horse, where top boots and gaiters can only be worn by competitors 18 years and over.

There are also discipline specific rules you should be aware of, which can be found on Equestrian Victoria’s Rules, Regs & Forms website.

In the Showjumping classes what do the phases mean?

AM5 is 238.2.2. Riders all jump the first round. If riders jump clear they will be asked to come back in at the end of the class for the Jump-off, which will be at a raised height approx 5cm.

A2 is 238 2. 1. This is one round only. At the height entered and the winner is determined by the best time with the least faults.

Power and Speed or 2 Phase 274 5.3. This event is at the height entered. The riders ride the first part of 8-10 obstacles. If they have not knocked a pole or exceeded the time limit, they continue onto the second part of the course which is the Jump-off part. If a rider has a fault in the first section of the course, the judge will ring the bell and the rider is to leave the arena without completing the remaining second half of the course.